In focus A popular serial ends abruptly; Star blames the actor

Fans knew it was coming. Star TV’s popular serial Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon came to an abrupt end on November 30. But what took everyone by surprise was the way it was wrapped up.

Even more baffling was the little scroll the channel carried while airing the last episode, which said “we regret the closing of the serial as our lead actor Barun Sobti (Arnav Singh Raizada) decided to quit the show to pursue a career in films.”

Now, doesn’t that sound a bit strange, blaming one actor who has every right to choose his career options? There was a talk about model and actor Viraf Patel replacing Barun Sobti in the serial but it was believed that Barun’s huge fan base was not ready to accept any other actor to play the role of this charismatic role of Arnav Singh Raizada, hence the producers were left with no choice but to shut shop.

At one point the serial had everything going great. A talented lead pair of Sanaya Irani and Barun Sobti who shared great onscreen chemistry, a Mill & Boonish story line, gripping drama, which was different from the other ‘saas-bahu’ serials. But all that was lost midway.

With so many unfinished tracks the serial was simply meandering.

The only reason why any one watched it was because of the lead pair.

Ram Kapoor too?

Viewers who have watched the promo of Bade Achche Lagte Hain on Sony TV (weekdays, 10.30 p.m.) are a worried lot. A precap showing lead actor Ram Kapoor being shot at and gravely injured has given way to the rumour that even Ram Kapoor is quitting the serial. One has to wait for the week to start to see how the serial takes its course now.